Javier Martinez Continues His Family’s Mariachi Opera Tradition with his ‘El milagro del recuerdo’

By Ken Herman | November 24, 2023 |

If you are thinking of looking up the topic mariachi opera in your handy music dictionary—don’t bother. It won’t be there. Mariachi opera is a new musical genre that emerged full-blown in Houston, Texas, in the first decade of the 21st century. In 2007, Anthony Freud, General Director of Houston Grand Opera, attended a performance of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitán and was captivated by music of this accomplished ensemble. He was also a bit jealous of the audience’s exuberant vocal response to the performance, a far cry from the sedate applause of his opera audiences. He wondered if the two…

San Francisco Opera Presents Rhiannon Giddens’ Epic Opera ‘Omar’

By Ken Herman | November 22, 2023 |

San Francisco Opera opened its production of Rhiannon Giddens’ and Michael Abels’ “Omar” earlier this month in San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House.

Witty Performances Shine in La Jolla Playhouse’s ‘Babbitt’

By David Dixon | November 22, 2023 |
Genevieve Angelson and Matthew Broderick (photos courtesy of Jenna Selby).

The life of a bored man might not sound like a barrel of laughs, yet La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director, Christopher Ashley, writer, Joe DiPietro, and a memorable cast led by Matthew Broderick, manage to inspire laughter from dissatisfaction in the strong world premiere production of the comedy-drama, Babbitt.

San Francisco Symphony Offers Gabriella Smith’s Impressive ‘Breathing Forests’ to the California Festival

By Ken Herman | November 21, 2023 |

As part of its participation in the California Festival, the San Francisco Symphony under Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen presented a concert titled From the Edge Friday in Davies Symphony Hall.

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